A green light shines in the window of a house in the city of Michalowo, near the Polish-Belarusian border, eastern Poland, 17 November 2021. Placing a green light in a window is an initiative of local residents to show that people offer help to migrants | Photo: EPA/MARTIN DIVISEK
A green light shines in the window of a house in the city of Michalowo, near the Polish-Belarusian border, eastern Poland, 17 November 2021. Placing a green light in a window is an initiative of local residents to show that people offer help to migrants | Photo: EPA/MARTIN DIVISEK

Save the Children has launched an appeal to participate in a campaign to light up 'Green lanterns' on social media, by tagging institutions, to highlight the dramatic situation of migrants on the border area between Poland and Belarus.

Save the Children on Friday (November 19) launched an appeal to share on social media the 'Green lanterns' campaign, tagging institutions, to shed light on the plight of migrants at the border between Poland and Belarus.

Daniela Fatarella, the director general of Save the Children Italia, wrote in an open letter to Italian Catholic daily Avvenire that, "given the violent opposition of a member state and Europe's paralysis, civil society calls once again for the respect of international law. The history of Polish citizens who light up green lights to signal they are willing to provide hospitality and aid to migrants who have succeeded in crossing the border from Belarus confirms that Europe is ready and able to show hope, humanity, solidarity."

She recalled that green lanterns "are not just a symbolic gesture populating social media, but a sign of proximity and responsibility of all those who don't want to remain indifferent, but intend to remain human."

Appeal to share this battle

"We are launching an appeal to civil society and to other organizations to share this gesture and this battle" to prove "we are not looking the other way: we will leave on a green light on our social media channels to ask Europe to host these people.

The protection and hosting of people, especially if they are vulnerable like children, can never be sacrificed on the altar of political interests. We are turning on a light on social media, using the hashtags #greenlight and #lanterneverdi and tagging on Twitter @EUCouncil @EU_Commission," she concluded.

 

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